LIDO JAZZ ROOM

Tucked underneath a cinema screen and down a narrow stairway, the Lido Jazz Room boasts live music every Friday and Saturday, 8pm – 10pm, from the best jazz players in town. Inspired by iconic Manhattan jazz bars of the 80s, the Lido Jazz Room seats 40 guests alongside the in-house piano and drum kit. Sonny Rehe, owner of Fitzroy’s Uptown Jazz Café, curates the gig guide with both local and visiting acts being featured. 

$25/$20*

*Members and Student Concession only.

Heather Stewart and The Dirty Ragtimers
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DIRECT FROM PARIS

Touring this April, The Dirty Ragtimers is Australian Heather Stewart’s new Paris project with Montmartre local Lucas Montagnier.

The Dirty Ragtimers play classic American music from the early 20th Century. Bringing together the best finger-picking blues, hot swing and jazz, ragtime, country and gospel, they present their fresh take on the definitive roots of all modern music that has been thrilling audiences for 100 years.

After relocating to Paris in April 2016, Australian jazz and blues musician Heather Stewart has formed collaborations and performed with musicians from around the world and with the new European Leigh Barker Band at legendary Paris venues such as Le Boeuf sur le Toit, Le Caveau de la Huchette (featured in 'La La Land'), La Bellevilloise, La Coupole at recent feature at Le Bal Blomet. After meeting and jamming with fingerpicking guitarist and bluesman Lucas Montagnier in a tiny Belleville bar, they have rehearsed for 12 months building a formidable new repertoire. On their first busking session on a street corner in Montmartre, the owner of famous Montmartre bar 'Chez Camille' offered them a weekly residency and The Dirty Ragtimers were born.

Two experienced professional musicians bring you the timeless and authentic sound of string and jug bands from the early 20th century from hot jazz and blues to folk and ragtime with special guests. The Dirty Ragtimers play it all with their sweet harmonies, raucous fiddle and virtuosic fingerpicking guitar.

Duration: 120 minutes
The Harriett Allcroft Group
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After standout shows at Melbourne’s uptown jazz cafe, the Paris Cat and featuring as a special guest at Bennett’s Lane, Birds Basement and the Jazzlab, Allcroft returns to the Lido Jazz Room for a night of Australian jazz, original tunes and some standards thrown in for good measure.

Joined by the excellent James Bowers, Isaac Gunnoo and Aaron McCollough, this will be a night of very good music.

Bookings highly recommended!

‘Allcroft in song however, astonishes with soulful intelligence’ – DB ARTS

‘Whismical tone, like Chet Baker’ – Kate Ceberano

Duration: 120 minutes
Bopstretch
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Fri 4 May 8:00 PM
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The Greatest Bebop band in the land.

Now into the 8th year of their Wednesday residency at Uptown jazz cafe, Bopstretch are masters at stretching the tunes of the bebop legends such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Tad Dameron, MIles Davis and beyond.

One of the most remarkable ensembles to come out of the Melbourne be-bop tradition in a long time.

Swinging, grooving and hard bopping, a must for lovers of bebop

Phil Noy - alto saxophone
James Sherlock - guitar
Mark Elton - acoustic bass
Sam Bates - drums

Duration: 120 minutes
The Sarah Maclaine Quartet
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Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Maclaine constantly delights audiences with her rich, velvety voice, its beautiful tone and fantastic vocal range.

She moves with ease from jazz to pop, blues to r&b. Sarah has a vast and eclectic repertoire.

From 1997 to 2006 she was a regular guest artist on Bert Newton's Good Morning Australia, clocking up around eighty performances on the popular show.

Sarah performs with some of Australia's finest musicians and you can catch her singing regularly in many of Melbourne's top jazz venues.

"Sarah Maclaine brings classic jazz into the modern world with her beautiful voice. She has the expression of a singer from the past but adds her "today" twist. She is a reminder of the good ole days, with an outstanding presence of being in the now. You only need to see her once to be hooked." LIBERTY DEVITTO (30 years drums / Billy Joel)

Duration: 120 minutes
Louisa Rankin Quartet
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A dynamic and compelling vocalist, Louisa Rankin returns to Lido Jazz Room leading a quartet, inviting you to join her for a rollicking good time in Melbourne's coziest jazz venue. Rankin’s arrangements inspire adventurous ensemble interaction and demand a bold approach to improvisation, providing the perfect vehicle to explore the unique qualities of her voice. Featuring esteemed pianist Tim Stevens (Tim Stevens Trio, Browne/Haywood/Stevens) award-winning double bassist Sam Anning (Speedball, Sam Anning Trio) and drummer extraordinaire Sam Bates (Bopstretch, Cannonball) the group will interpret a selection of their favourite standards - from swinging show tunes and sultry bossa novas to heartbreaking ballads and quirky pop covers.

Duration: 120 minutes
Bob Sedergreen and Friends
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Bridgette Allan and Bob Sedergreen’s association goes way back to the exciting eighties where Bob presented the long running show Six of The Best and he knew to include Bridgette in the show because of her hypnotic presence, her exotic stylings and above all her ability to swing. Playing alongside Bob n Bridgette was the bassist Annette Yates. Classed at the time as viby and propulsive. Annette is a driving and inspirational bassist whose personality is a perfect match for Bob n Bridgette’s repertoire and style. Marshall Clark joined the group on drums during a long residency at Johns Jazz Club . A forceful and dynamic presence at the drum kit Marshall generated not just time but creative musical conversation that totally complimented the musicality of the group. Well understood how. This will be a night of sophistication, balance with dynamic strength and lots of smiles.

Duration: 120 minutes
The Alma Zygier Quartet
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Alma Zygier has been wowing audiences all over Melbourne. We are very excited to have her quartet at the Lido this Friday April 06 for her premiere gig at the Lido playing classic jazz standards from the golden age.

Alma has been fascinated by the pre-war era of Jazz; the singers, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Memphis Minnie, & the Broadway composers who largely provided the repertoire, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers.

She has a voice from another era & brings an emotional maturity to her performance that belies her years. Performing with a similarly minded group of hot young players she brings her American Songbook repertoire to the 21st century.

Duration: 120 minutes
Alexander Nettelbeck Quartet
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Exploring a world of styles and influences from jazz to latin, funk, drum n bass and soul with a fresh and open musical approach the New Impromptu Quartet comprises pianist Alexander Nettelbeck , bassist Conrad Henderson and drummer Andrew Horneman. Joining the group for this show will be guitarist Mikey Chan. The New Impromptu Quartet's range is diverse: energetic danceable grooves, deep rhythmic bass lines and driving percussion characterise the quartet's sound. The band will be playing a selection of arrangements of some of their favourite standards along with original compositions.

Duration: 120 minutes
John Scurry's "Reverse Swing"
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The John Scurry Quintet is a Melbourne-based jazz band put together by guitarist John Scurry in 2010 to play swing inspired small group acoustic jazz with a contemporary bent. The band takes its repertoire and inspiration from a flexible musical palette. It is influenced by early jazz, standards, and popular song as well as having a strong commitment to performing original material with a swing feel.

Duration: 120 minutes